Go into the Settings, tap on Display, turn off Auto Brightness and then set the brightness that you want. You can comfortably get by on some of the lower settings.

Reduce some of the connections your phone is making. Every time your Galaxy S3 searches for a Wi-Fi network or seeks for GPS, that eats up battery life. This is especially important in areas where there isn’t a stable connection or the GPS signal is weak. In places like this your device will keep searching for a nearby Wi-Fi or GPS signal. This drains the battery very quickly. If you know that you’re not going to need either of these, go into the Settings and turn off Wi-Fi and GPS. You’ll have to manually turn these on when you want to use it, but Samsung made this super simple to do by including quick access to these in the Android notification bar.

Make sure you know which apps have access to your phone’s location features and adjust accordingly. For something like Foursquare or Google Maps, having location capabilities is a must but you should think about whether other apps really need to know where you are.

Turn off background data syncing. For those who need every single Tweet, email or Facebook notification in real-time, turning off background data may seem crazy but it definitely will save on battery life.

You can download JuiceDefender Ultimate or JuiceDefender to help monitor your Android’s battery.

Make sure to charge your smartphone often and don’t let your battery drain completely before you decide to plug it into the charger. Try not to let it get below 10 percent too often. Once per month you can let it completely die. This is called power cycling, and it is important to the health of a battery.

Keep your smartphone at or close to room temperature. Don’t put it in the sun.

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Lyle Fong on Software as a Service

On 2007.11.07, in Technology, by Greg

Lyle Fong spoke yesterday at Stanford. Highly recommended. His presentation is here. He spoke before a computer science class, CS309A, instructor for which is Timothy Chou.

Lyle discussed his experiences starting Lithium. Lithium powers (with web services) online communities for companies. Quoted: “A successful online community will provide a positive and productive environment for its members to learn, share, and connect over subjects that they care about. With enterprise communities, it is a chance for customers to interact with you, your other customers and your brand. Your ultimate goal is to help improve their overall experience with your company or organization whether it is through engaging them, supporting them or soliciting feedback from them.”

About Lyle — quoted: “Prior to starting Lithium Technologies, Lyle co-founded GX Media, where he was the CTO. He drove the development of Gamers.com, which was rated the #1 independent gaming portal by Nielson NetRatings. Lyle was instrumental in raising a total of $15M in funding led by CMGI, negotiating multi-million dollar technology licensing deals with Dell, Sony, AltaVista, and Ziff-Davis, and spearheading the spin-off of Lithium Technologies. Lyle was also the driving force behind the creation of technologies for professional gaming, including a global rankings system, tournament engine, and a real-time match reporting and spectating system. These technologies were the key success factors behind the AMD PGL, the most successful and highly acclaimed professional gaming league to date with over 100 million media impressions, and also numerous tournaments for Sega.”

The decision makers at Lithium did a comprehensive review of their product and came to the conclusion that their core competency is providing software as a service to empower companies to use their own user base for tech support. He suggests that there is a progression from the company doing all the work, to the company doing some of the work, to Web 2.0 in which the users become agents for the company providing advice and tech support.

My take: it seems that Lithium is creating silos company by company. After all, the real tech support challenge is the situation in which you have multiple companies’ products and you are trying to get them to work together. Classic example is you have a computer from Dell or Compaq, operating system from Microsoft or Linux, and device from someone else. Lithium will really take off when it supports many companies that work together and uses that for leverage.

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